ori·​ent·​ed | \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌen-təd How to pronounce oriented (audio) \

Definition of oriented

: intellectually, emotionally, or functionally directed humanistically oriented scholars market-oriented production an ecologically oriented approach is goal oriented

Examples of oriented in a Sentence

The audience was academically oriented.
Recent Examples on the Web Borio, now a vice president at In-Q-Tel, a national security–oriented venture capital firm, adds that FDA, in issuing the EUA, also overlooked the drugs’ record against other viruses. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Former FDA leaders decry emergency authorization of malaria drugs for coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 Republican values are too authoritarian, too spendthrift and too oriented toward corporate donors to appeal to this generation anytime soon. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 These tend to be interactive and oriented toward developing professional skills like photography and illustration. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now to Banish Boredom at Home," 27 Mar. 2020 To do this, the probe fires its thrusters more than a dozen times a day to stay oriented. Shannon Stirone, New York Times, "When Voyager 2 Calls Home, Earth Soon Won’t Be Able to Answer," 10 Mar. 2020 Other coping strategies were more oriented to solving problems, such as boosting a flagging teammate's confidence or having a group discussion after a competition to review what worked and what went wrong. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Esports gamers experience same stressors as pro athletes, study finds," 19 Nov. 2019 Also, check the Milwaukee Ballet website for info on family oriented pre-show activities before some performances. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leading dancers in Milwaukee Ballet's 'Nutcracker' came up through the ranks," 2 Dec. 2019 Other activist groups are expected to organize retail-oriented protests across France (link in French) today, and various online petitions are calling for a boycott of Black Friday. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Black Friday’s environmental cost is sparking worldwide protests," 29 Nov. 2019 Roseville is an extremely safe family oriented community. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Turned Up to Northern California Police Station with Dead Body in His Car Has Been Identified," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of oriented

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oriented was in 1925

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9 May 2020

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“Oriented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriented. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oriented

: interested in a particular thing, activity, etc.
: designed to appeal to a certain kind of people



Medical Definition of oriented

: having psychological orientation the patient was alert and oriented

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